Samantha Di Paola’s leadership qualities have served her well throughout her educational career, and her combination of high intellectual curiosity, desire, discipline and tenacity have propelled her to the highest level of academic achievement: the top-ranked student in the Glen Cove High School Class of 2014.
As a leader involved in several extracurricular activities, Di Paola served as president of Student Senate, president of Interact Club and co-president of the Student Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) in 2013-14. She has raised funds, awareness and hope for numerous causes, including the American Cancer Society, Save a Life Foundation, Gift of Life, Adopt a Family, Kick Start for a Cure, and TOPPS Soccer (working with children with disabilities), to name a few. At this year’s senior awards ceremony, Samantha was presented with the County Executive’s Community Service and Academic Excellence Award.
Earlier this month, the Glen Head Elementary School garden achieved “Wildlife Habitat Certification” by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). We soon will receive our official sign to post in our garden, announcing that our garden space has joined nearly 150,000 certified habitats nationwide.
The Glen Cove Teachers Association awarded three scholarships to Glen Cove High School seniors at the Glen Cove High School Student Awards Ceremony. Karen Ferguson, GCTA President, presented the GCTA Community Service Scholarship to Caterina Ienopoli and the GCTA Academic Scholarship to Samantha DiPaola. Two GCTA retirees, Mary Mapelson and Angela Rode, presented the Retired Educators Chapter of the GCTA Scholarship to Gillian Farnan.
Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club’s mission is to enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive and responsible citizens through a variety of after school programs in education, sports and recreation, dance, technology and art, designed to enrich and enhance learning and build self-esteem. Three success stories evidencing the club is accomplishing its objectives are: Elizabeth Garcia, named the club’s 2014 Youth of the Year; Linesha Davis, recipient of the Louis M. Sanford Scholarship; and Essence Fowler, recipient of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club Scholarship.
Garcia, 17, hopes to accomplish many things in her life, but two ambitions stand out most: giving back to the community and making her parents proud. Serious, focused and determined, Garcia is heading to Hunter College this fall to pursue a degree in biology followed by medical school to pursue a career in obstetrics and gynecology. After completing her specialty in OB-GYN, she plans on advancing her career with a second specialty in pediatrics.
Since statistics show that 50 percent of all men and 33.3 percent of all women will have cancer at some point in their lifetime, it is likely that most people know someone who has been affected by cancer In order to help, Marissa Frank, a North Shore High School student, spearheaded the Concert for a Cure to further raise awareness for cancer with all the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society, the host of Relay for Life. Relay is an event that takes place all over the world to help raise money for cancer and cancer research. With community support, this battle can be less of a struggle.
“Relay for Life is such an important and memorable event. I tried to capture it in one emotional, beautiful, and hopeful concert,” says Frank.
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